Elevate 2017 connects leadership philosophy with practical action. During this weeklong institute, students will work to solve real-world problems by addressing tangible needs in their communities. In the application phase, each student will identify a problem in his or her local church, school, or community and suggest a few practical strategies for addressing this issue. The admissions committee will choose a handful of these issues to address, and student groups will be formed around these issues. Over the course of the week, each small group of students will develop a long-term plan to address one of the issues, culminating in a program proposal that presents the group's plan and vision for addressing that problem. The most compelling, persuasive projects will receive significant funding to provide the resources for students to bring this solution to reality over the 2017–18 academic year.
“Don’t be afraid to give up the good to go for the great. ”
—John D. Rockefeller